The amazing Imperfect Mom Chronicles granted me a very sweet award.
I did a little research and found that this award is given from blogger to blogger for pages that mean something to you. I am beyond thrilled to be even be included!
So I accepted the award. Which required me to answer 10 questions and nominate 5+ bloggers of my choice. I will list them at the bottom of this page.
1. How old where you when you discovered you loved to write?
I wrote short stories, poems and lyrics as a child of about 13 but I was always afraid to share them. As I grew and had kids I would tell them stories, and sing them songs to help them learn and grow, or sleep at night. I was encouraged by several people to start a blog and share what I do with my boys as well as how I deal with a gluten free life.
2. Do you have any regrets in your life thus far?
Many! My biggest though is not knowing enough about both autism and celiac. Knowledge of autism would have helped me so much in diagnosing what was going on with my son and not allowing friends, family and doctors to just write it off as poor parenting or behavior.
Celiac knowledge would have saved me years of pain and being sick. I also wish my doctors had thought beyond myth that to have celiac you had to be extremely thin.
3. Do you still live in the same area where you were born?
Not even close, I was an air force brat at birth. However I live about an hour from where I was raised. Close enough to visit family but in a rural area where I feel my kids are a bit more safe and my wander is less likely to find a freeway to play in.
4. What is your funniest kid story?
There is one story my Mom loves to tell about me. I was very young (maybe 3) and one day we were visiting family and I walked in the room with my hands behind my back and a “Cat that ate the canary” look. My uncle asked what I was hiding behind my back. Being me I simply put the contents of my hand in his. I was holding some still warm poo. I have been handing people crap ever since.
5. Who is your biggest inspiration in life and why?
Goodness there are so many inspiring people in my life it would be hard to choose. I would have to say my parents for showing me hard work and kindness are the most wonderful things you can offer the world.
6. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life what would it be?
I am a foodie so this would be a nightmare for me! I guess I would say eggs because they offer so much and can be made so many ways. Though that is kinda cheating, since eggs made into different food might not really count as a single food. If that was the case I am going with bacon because well BACON!
7. Are you an outdoorsy kind of person? Why or why not?
I love the outdoors as long as it stays outdoors. I have horrible allergies and I am a redhead, so the sun hates me.
8. Is being a parent everything you thought it would be when you were younger?
No, it is so much more. I am grateful for each of my children. Even when they make me nuts, even when the autism wins or when someone throws up in my hair. Even when there are 10 people staring at me as my son melts down in the middle of a restaurant or store. I am glad I have them.
9. As a child what was your ultimate dream for yourself when you grew up?
I wanted to be a firetruck. Just kidding but I did have red hair so I was part of the way there 😉 Recently I went to visit a family friend one I had not seen in years. As I was growing he was like a second father to me. I adored him, he even taught me to play pool! (I still suck btw) He told me that when I was little I would say when “I grow up I will be a Mom, I will have 12 kids!” Thankfully I stopped at 5, but being a mom is my dream come true.
10. What do you want people to know about you?
This one is hard for me. I am not really a person who shares much about me.
If I tell you I have been there it is probably because I have.
I tried so many jobs and met so many wonderful people before my health stopped me from working.
Also, I love being a mom. I am a huge geek, I love science, and all thing sci-fi. I am a die hard Browncoat (look it up) and a Whovian. I also really dislike the color pink (all of the shades).
I am weird, and strange and live to make someone smile each and every day. Life is too short to spend it hating the world.
My nominations for the Liebster Award, should they choose to accept it. (In no particular order)
Each of you has a very special place in my life thank you for everything you share with the world you are all awesome!
If you accept this award please answer the 10 questions below and follow the rules below that.
1. What is your Nickname, or what was it when you were growing up?
2. What is your favorite thing to do to relax?
3. If your house was about to be destroyed and you had 45 minutes to pack; outside of family photos, children and pets what are the 5 most important things you would want to take with you?
4. What 2 things are top on your Bucket list?
5. If you had unlimited funds but only 24 hours to use them what would you do?
6. What do you want to be remembered for?
7. Is there one thing that you thing everyone should do in their life?
8. If you could meet anyone from any time and spend an hour just talking; who would you want to meet and why?
9. What made you start a blog?
10. What was the best meal you have ever had and why?
Official Rules of the Liebster Award
If you have been nominated for The Liebster Award and choose to accept it, you must write a blog post about the Liebster award in which you:
- Thank the person who nominated you, and post a link back to their blog or Facebook page on your blog or Facebook page.
- Display the award on your blog or Facebook page — by including it in your post and/or displaying it using a “widget” or a “gadget” on your sidebar.*
- Answer the 10 questions about yourself provided to you by the person who nominated you.
- Nominate at least 5 other blogs that you feel deserve the award.*
- Create a new list of questions for those bloggers to answer. (or use mine)
- List these rules in your post (You can copy and paste from here.)
- Once you have written and published it, you then must inform the people/blogs that you nominated and provide a link to your post so that they can learn about it (they might not have ever heard of it!)
*I changed this award a little. I allowed for the inclusion of a couple larger blogs and Facebook only blogs because Facebook blogs are just a blog in a different format!
The awesome mom over at Ignore the Mess
Nominated me again for this award! While I love that she though enough of me to include me, I think it might be better if she picked someone else she loved instead. I mean really, how many times can I accept when there are so many others who are more deserving.. (great that came across like a repeated Oscar winner who is trying to get in bed with one of the Oscar non winners)
That said I loved her questions (and her answers) so I am sharing her questions and my answers to them with you guys too!
Here are the list of 10 questions I would like my nominees to answer:
1.) Who is your favorite chubby Asian SAHM blogger? (Hint: there is only one answer… me!)
Um, that would have to be YOU! Ignore The Mess I love your page.
1.5.) Just kidding… Do you just focus on blogging or do you want to other things? Like the next great American novel, or riveting journalistic stories, romance novels? What? I want to know!
My goals are pretty simple. I want to make sure none of my kids grow up to be a serial killer, next I want to make at least one person feel better each day, then I want people to understand autism just a bit so they can accept it and last I want to show people that gluten free food doesn’t have to taste like crap.
2.) What made you decide, “Hey, I am going to dedicate a large part of my life to writing my heart out and sending it into the ether for people to read!” and when did you decide it?
Actually family and friends decided this for me, I just had to admit someone besides me could be right now an then to make it happen. (hehe) I have written, and sung, and shared stories since I was very young (yes even younger than I am now, I know 42 isn’t young don’t mess with my delusions). My friends just decided that I needed to write things down!
3.) Have you decided on a main focus for your blog? Or are you random like I am and just write whatever you feel like?
I write random crap on Facebook. However my blog does have a focus.. at least as much as I can focus with 5 kids and 4 cats. The focus of my blog is to share tasty recipes that happen to be gluten free, and to share stories of my son and his life with autism so others realize it isn’t the end of the world.
4.) Assuming you enjoy reading, what book or books had the most influence over you and why? If you don’t enjoy reading, please beg me to forgive you as your answer to this question. (j/k… I am sure you all love books… right?)
Who doesn’t enjoy reading? This one is really difficult for me. I love so many books. I collect cookbooks (unusual ones) I have many that have stuck with me over the years, most of them involve making the world a better place, or making the world a place of acceptance. I am a sci-fi/fantasy kind of reader mostly. Though I do love a good mystery, and the occasional scare your pants off kinda thriller. Most books I have read in the last 10 years fall under young adult so I can share them with my kids. At least one of them loves to read as much as I do.
5.) What did you want to be when you grew up? Why?
I wanted to be a Mom. Why not? Mom is awesome, she gets all the love, she gets all the cuddles, and she always knows were everything is 😉 even the bad parts are better than a lot of jobs. Besides if you are going to be in a thankless profession when your clients spit up on you.. you might as well get the benefits of cuddles after.
6.) If you had one wish, and couldn’t wish for more wishes… what do you wish for and why?
I would wish that the world could handle acceptance, that people could understand that just because someone or something is different than your someone or something that it doesn’t make it bad. It just makes it different. Different is awesome.
7.) If you had to live with one… which do you pick? Spider or Clown?
Clown, as creepy as they can be they at least don’t crawl all over your face in your sleep 😉 at least not the normal kind…
8.) Do you have any hobbies? How did you get started?
Strangely yes. I have a ton. I am adhd. I do all the things!!! They never get finished but I do them. I am currently into Steampunking things; I am working on my photography skills too.
9.) What is the average air speed velocity of an unladen swallow? If you don’t appreciate British humor, what do you enjoy watching on TV?
African or European? I love to watch lots of things (adhd remember?) my favorites are Supernatural, CSI, Shield, How its made, pretty much anything on the history or science channels and most of food network.
10.) Where do you see yourself in ten years?
My then I hope to be able to shower for 30 minutes without getting interrupted 4 times.. maybe.. I can dream..